In case you haven’t heard, there’s a general election tomorrow with polling stations open from 7am-10pm.
Manchester may be split between red and blue when it comes to football, but when it comes to politics, it’s definitely red. At the last election, of the 27 constituencies in Greater Manchester, 21 returned a Labour MP, 5 were Conservative, and one was Lib Dem.
You can catch the election coverage during the day on BBC One and the BBC News Channel, with rolling coverage expected from 9.55pm onwards. There’s also an Alternative Election Night show on Channel 4 presented by Jeremy Paxman, Richard Osman and David Mitchell.
If you’re out having a drink, why not ask them to put the coverage on the big screen.
The final results could be in as early as 4 am, so to keep you going we’ve collected our pick of the election offers and events. And may the best party win.
When you're not doing so well, vote for a better life for yourself. If you are doing quite nicely, vote for a better life for others.
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) May 7, 2015
Free beer for voters at BrewDog
If the offer of free beer doesn’t get you voting, we don’t know what will. Craft beer experts BrewDog are offering a free beer to anyone who has been out to vote. You can claim your free pint of Punk IPA by taking a picture of yourself outside your polling station and showing it to bar staff at any BrewDog bar. There’s one on Peter Street near the Albert Hall, and the offer extends into Friday too. So whether you will be drowning your sorrows or celebrating, it makes sense to vote first.
Election Night at Night & Day
Why not distract yourself from the suspense of waiting for the result with some top quality music at the iconic Northern Quarter venue the Night & Day Café. BBC Introducing is putting on a night featuring three musicians expected to make it big in the coming months. The first is Jordan Max, a 23 year-old from Oldham with a voice infused with Los Angeles soul. There will also be atmospheric pop from Stevie Parker and Jerry Williams, an indie pop singer-songwriter from Portsmouth whose recent EP Let’s Just Forget It won Best Produced Release at the Unsigned Music Awards 2016. From 8pm.
The Morning After at PHM
Digest the election results and breakfast at the People’s History Museum which opens its doors early on Friday 9 June for big screen live TV coverage of the election results from 7am to 11am, with breakfast served alongside. Feed on the political debate and one of their delicious breakfast butties, whilst local artist and illustrator Robin Sukatorn captures events with a unique live sketch. He’ll be sharing his drawings of key moments and themes from the last year in politics. Events are free. Breakfast as priced by The Left Bank cafe bar.
The Evening After at The Beagle
The evening after the election, dance to your heart’s content or rave away the pain at Fake Indie Night at The Beagle. It’s the 4th Fake Indie Night and set to be a popular place to get your groove on whilst the political dust settles. Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton. Friday 9 June 8.30pm til late